Handmade, lamp-worked glass Malaysian Mushroom Beetle.
Yes every inch of the beetle is made of glass! Pretty unbelievable, right? The photos are no comparison to how unique they are in person.
The wing casings are laced with beautiful sheets of dichroic glass and the tarsals and antennas made with black glass. These are not for children and are not toys. Strongly suggested as collectibles. The artistry of these bugs are impeccable and will be a conversation piece for all who are and are not glass spectators.
The Dichroic Glass is produced in big vacuum chambers. During the 2 hour coating process, the walls of the chamber have to withstand a 128 Ton Pressure. Six seperate computers are controlling the process. A 10,000 Volt Beam Gun Vaporates a mix of quartz and metal oxides ina cruzibel inside the vacuum camber. While certain gases are emitted into the chamber by layering 15-30 coats of this vapor onto the glass, the different colors are achieved. The outcome of these colors also depend on the time, they are exposed to the beam gun. After this process the vapors mixed with the gases attach onto the glass surface in form of crystal structure.